United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, Colorado

#128 National Colleges

11.08% Admission Rate
Very Selective

4,304 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, medium, highly residential

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The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) is a military academy for officer cadets of the United States Air Force and United States Space Force immediately north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is the youngest of the five United States service academies, having graduated its first class 63 years ago in 1959, but is the third in seniority. Graduates of the academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force. The academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting approximately a million visitors each year.

Admission is highly competitive, with nominations divided equally among Congressional districts. Recent incoming classes have had about 1,200 cadets; since 2012, around 20% of each incoming class does not graduate. During their tenure at the Academy, cadets receive tuition, room and board, and a monthly stipend all paid for by the Air Force. On the first day of a cadet's second class year, cadets commit to serving a number of years as a commissioned officer in the Air Force or Space Force. Non-graduates after that point are expected to fulfill their obligations in enlisted service or pay back full tuition. The commitment is normally five years of active duty and three years in the reserves, although it has varied depending on the graduate's Air Force Specialty Code.

The program at the academy is guided by the Air Force's core values of "Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do", and based on four "pillars of excellence": military training, academics, athletics and character development. In addition to a rigorous military training regimen, cadets also take a broad academic course load with an extensive core curriculum in engineering, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies and physical education. All cadets participate in either intercollegiate or intramural athletics, and a thorough character development and leadership curriculum provides cadets a basis for future officership. Each of the components of the program is intended to give cadets the skills and knowledge that they will need for success as officers.

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USAF Academy, Colorado

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Town: Fringe (in urban cluster up to 10 miles from an urbanized area)

U.S. Service Schools


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Bachelor's degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Engineering 25.0%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 22.4%
Social Sciences 13.3%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11.6%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 6.5%
History 4.9%
Legal Professions And Studies 4.1%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3.3%
English Language And Literature/Letters 2.7%
Military Technologies And Applied Sciences 1.9%
Physical Sciences 1.5%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 1.4%
Mathematics And Statistics 1.1%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.5%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1368 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 740 680 620
Verbal 700 655 610

ACT Scores

31 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 32 30 27
English 35 31 27